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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2014.339
People
Lutf `Ali Shirazi
Title
Pen Box with European Women and Birds in a Landscape
Classification
Artists' Tools
Work Type
pen box
Date
1856-1857
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Shiraz
Period
Qajar period
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/351826
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor, gold-colored pigments, and lacquer on pasteboard
Dimensions
3 × 3.3 × 21.6 cm (1 3/16 × 1 5/16 × 8 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription:
    رقم کمترین لوظفعلي ۱۲۷۳

    Painted by the most humble Lutf `Ali 1856-57
Provenance
Ezzat-Malek Soudavar, Geneva, Switzerland (by 2014), by descent; to her son Abolala Soudavar, Houston, Texas (2014), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2014.

Note:
Ezzat-Malek Soudavar (1913-2014) formed this collection over a period of sixty years. She purchased the works of art on the international art market.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of A. Soudavar in memory of his mother Ezzat-Malek Soudavar
Accession Year
2014
Object Number
2014.339
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Cover and sliding compartment with rounded ends. The top is decorated in vertical format with a young girl in European dress and an apron full of flowers. A smaller female with an apron full of flowers arranges flowers in her hair at the bottom. A spotted dog sits at her feet. The figures are surrounded by flowers and bird-filled trees against a light brown ground. The sides are virtually identical, with an architectural vignette enclosed by trees and flowers in the center; on either side of the vignette, a floral spray extends to the ends. The base and sliding compartment are decorated with trees, shrubs, and buildings painted in gold on a red background.
Publication History

Basil William Robinson, Qajar Lacquer, Muqarnas (1988), vol. VI, pp. 131-146, fig. 17

Massumeh Farhad and Mary McWilliams, ed., A Collector’s Passion: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar and Persian Lacquer, Harvard Art Museums and Freer/Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution (Cambridge, MA/Washington, D.C., 2017), p. 128, cat. 87

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